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Chase Manhattan Bank

Listed under Contemporary Architecture in New York City, United States.

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Based on another design of the architect company, the much smaller Inland Steel Building in Chicago, this continued the Inland Steel Buildings use of an external column system with a vertically accentuated glass wall façade. The bank complex spans two city blocks; the office tower, with five underground floors, occupying the Liberty Street side block, the adjoining block with its open plaza on top of two banking floors. At almost 250 metres, it is a dominant structure in Downtown New York, with a façade of glass and aluminium plating between the large supporting columns. The glass-walled entrance level of the tower is recessed, making its lower levels friendly and inviting to the public on the street, a pragmatic tactic for a bank, with their usually cold atmospheres.

Written by  George Monkhouse.

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